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Bucksnort 12-07-2017 06:15 PM

Beeline Highway
Sorry but this isn't fishing related except that when you head to the hills for fishing, a popular route is the Beeline.

I've seen a lot of beautiful stretches of highway but none as beautiful as the Beeline.

joe 12-07-2017 11:01 PM

I have heard several people say the same thing.

Ed Mashburn 12-08-2017 08:44 AM

Bucksnort- you are so right about the Beeline. When we were out there this past year, driving the Beeline out of Phoenix was one of things that made survival possible for us. Some very impressive mountains there along the way, and Tonto Creek and the lakes are not that far away.
Thank you for reminding me of that road and those places.

Bucksnort 12-09-2017 08:03 PM

I love being able to see long distances, which is one of the things I like about states west of the Mississippi River and I love the desert. On the Beeline, when you start down a mountain and look way ahead across a deep valley, you see a beautiful curved highway making its way up the next mountain.

I posted the next comment before I left Colorado and that is, tongue in cheek, I wondered who the goofball engineers were that designed the highway so you are driving north or south with opposite traffic on the wrong side of you. I remember the first time my wife and I drove the Beeline to Gilbert. It suddenly dawned on me I may have mad a wrong merge or turn, for a brief moment, until I saw what was really going on. It was a brief moment of panic.

Also, when you drive on 260 past Payson, there are some spectacular views across valleys.

Sorry for posting a non-fishing topic.

Bucksnort 12-09-2017 08:06 PM

And the flora and temperature changes as you gain altitude are spectacular. Arizona residents and visitors are fortunate to be in such a beautiful state.

AZFJ 12-09-2017 11:29 PM

I've seen the 87 go through a lot of changes over the years. Grandparents had a cabin at the 302 mile marker on the 87. I learned how to drive at 11 years old on the 87 going to Clints Wells. At 13 years old, I'd started driving from Shea & the Beeline to the cabin. Even after all these years I still love to drive the 87. Brings back great memories.

rbinaz 01-13-2018 04:16 PM

I agree about the Beeline. I always tell visitors to our state to make the drive from Mesa to Payson and beyond to get an idea of the transition from low desert to Ponderosa Pine forest.
I've driven the Beeline more times than I can count and I never get tired of it.

Bucksnort 01-20-2018 09:55 AM

Before we moved here, 14 months ago, we would occasionally drive to Gilbert to be with our grandchildren for Christmas. Rather than taking the faster but longer way through Flagstaff and I-40 then south on I-17, we would head for Gilbert by way of heading south east from Holbrook to Payson then into the valley. We felt this was faster even though it was slower and of course, it was way more beautiful than along the interstate.

In the process of moving here, we hauled some of our belongings to Gilbert by way of U-Haul trailers (three trips). We used the Holbrook route for these too. It was a bit of a strain hauling a 12'X6' trailer filled to the brim up some of those long hills on the Beeline. At times, I was down to first gear with my FJ Cruiser. The other trailer trips were with smaller trailers.

fishunter 01-29-2018 06:44 AM

Definitely one of my favorite roads too...

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